Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your home because it is often a silent enemy. Your house might look like it’s in perfect condition on the outside, but there could be a leaky pipe behind a wall or cracks in the basement that can let water in. Before you know it, you can have a messy, expensive problem on your hands. Here is how you can look for the hidden warning signs of water damage.
Know the Signs
The first step to spotting water damage is to know what you’re looking for. Of course, if you notice unusual puddles or drips, then that is a clear warning sign. Mold spots and discoloration in the walls can also be a big red flag. But there can also be much more subtle evidence of water damage. Warping in the walls and floors is something that you might not notice until it gets really bad. Another thing homeowners overlook is the smell, but a damp, musty, and mildewed odor can emerge before you ever see the water damage.
Where to Look
Knowing the signs is more helpful if you know where to start looking for water damage. It’s a good idea to check your basement first because it is the most vulnerable to exposure from the outside. You should keep an eye out for significant cracks and unevenness in the floor. Around your house, try looking at the seams where your walls meet the ceiling and floors to see if they are straight or if they are bending or cracking. You might want to look at the exterior of your house as well. For example, the gutters and downspouts on your roof could overflow and cause moisture to leak into your attic.
It can take a lot of effort and know-how to look through your entire house for signs of water damage. That’s why it could be a good idea to have a professional inspection done. Hiring a professional means that you won’t have to worry about going into areas of your home, like your attic, roof, or crawlspace, that could be dangerous. Also, having an expert eye means that no hidden water damage will be overlooked. A professional knows what issues to look for, as well as what steps to take to repair them.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.